As you may know, Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport has set up a Financial Support Review Group to look at how the Scottish Government can best provide financial support to people affected by the Scottish Contaminated Blood Disaster. You can read the note of the first meeting on our website.
At the July meeting it was agreed that the Group needed to urgently hear from as many of the people who are directly affected as possible. In particular, to find out about what the principals behind any financial arrangement should be and what mechanisms would be most appropriate. Time is very short as the Group wanted to have the early results from any consultation in time for the September meeting and to make sure that the was no delay in making a recommendation.
There will several ways of getting your views to the group. You can choice to use any or all of them.
- A questionnaire. This will be circulated asking for your views. Although there will be set questions there will also be a lot of free text boxes so you can say exactly what you think. You will be able to complete the survey online or in hard copy.
- Regional Meetings. There will be meetings in Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. See below for the details. This is so that people who don’t want to do the questionnaire, or have questions, or who just want to talk through the issues, can take part. All the meetings will start at 6pm. You can attend any of the meetings.
- One to one conversations. If you’d prefer just to talk to someone then that can be arranged to. In the first instance please contact Dan in the office.
A formal letter from Ian Welsh, who is the independent Chair of the Group, is about to be sent out with the questionnaire and explaining things in more detail. However, because the first of the consultation meetings is only next week, we wanted to start promoting them straight away. We are sorry we haven’t been able to give you more notice of the meetings. However, everyone on the Group is conscious that there are many people whose financial situation means that this process is extremely urgent and has to be taken forward as quickly as possible. We are determined to work with you to make sure everyone’s views are collected.
Edinburgh – Wed 19th August
Premier Inn Edinburgh Park
1 Lochside Court
There is free parking and the hotel is right next to Edinburgh Park Station and Tram Stop. It is also on the 2, 20, or 63 bus route.
Outside the city centre because of the Festival and Fringe.
Inverness – Mon, 24th August
The Place Hotel
The Ness Suite
8 Ness Walk
Free Parking and on the ground floor.
Dundee Tues, 25th August
The Apex Hotel
1 West Victoria Dock Road
Free Parking and lift access to the room.
Glasgow Wed 26th August
The Central Hotel
The Clyde Suite
99 Gordon Street
In Glasgow Central Station. There is an arrangement to validate a day parking ticket from the St Oswald Street NCP Car Park making it £5.
Aberdeen Thu 27th August
Glen Grant Room
By Aberdeen Station and the Union Square shopping centre.